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Early morning fire devastates Greystone Subdivision - dozen homes damaged

18 Feb 2018

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Above is a video of the intensity of the fire taken by a PCSO deputy and provided to the press.

Authorities now report four homes totally destroyed, two home with major damage, 14 additional homes suffered varying degrees of heat/smoke damage.  One minor injury, presumably a sprained ankle, was reported by a homeowner and no fire department personnel were injured. The Red Cross has an ongoing disaster operation and is currently providing aid to three families.   

Early morning fire devastates Greystone Subdivision, damaging and destroying 13 homes on Rosemont Court

Paulding County Fire and Rescue (PCF&R) reports that at least four homes have been destroyed, two others severely damaged and at least seven other homes damaged by the intense heat and flames from an early morning fire on Rosemont Court in Hiram.

Rosemont Court is the road furthest from Bill Carruth Parkway in the Greystone subdivision located south of the New Paulding Hospital on Bill Carruth just north of the Paulding Movie Studio.

Lt. Steve Mapes of the PCF&R said crews are still operating on the scene and no cause for the first has been determined.  Mapes said more information will be forthcoming but made no comment regarding injuries.




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Missing homeschooled teen found

13 Feb 2018

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Isaiah Robles, age 14Homeschooled teen missing

Isaiah Robles (14 YOA, B/M) left his residence voluntarily around 5:00 PM on 02/12/18 after he had an argument with his father.  His father called and reported him missing/runaway at 5:27 AM on 02/13/18. 

We do not have any information that would indicate where he is located.  We also do not have any information that would indicate that he is in any danger.  We do know that when he left his residence, he left with clothing and other personal items.  He has a cell phone
that only works when he has Wi-Fi capabilities.  From what we have gathered, the teen spoke with his mother (who lives out of state) sometime during the night on his Wi-Fi capable cell phone.   

 We also know that he has only lived in Paulding County for approximately one month so he does not have many friends here.  We have confirmed that Robles does not attend school in the Paulding County School District as he is home schooled. 

Robles was last seen leaving 63 Hemlock Court Dallas, GA 30157 which is in the Emerald Pines Subdivision off of Davis Mill Road North in southern Paulding County.  

Robles is five foot ten inches tall and weighs 280lbs.  As he took a selection of clothes with him, it is unknown how he is dressed.

Obviously, if you see him, tell him to go home.


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Sgt. Lackey retires after 29 years at PCSO

22 Jan 2018

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Sgt. Lackey retires after 29 years at PCSO
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On Friday January 19, 2018 a retirement reception was held in honor of Sergeant Ed Lackey in the Sheriff’s Office conference room where he was surrounded by his friends, family, and coworkers.

Sergeant Lackey began his career in law enforcement with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office on May 31, 1988 and officially retired on December 18, 2017.

When he began his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Sergeant Lackey started out as a Jailer in the Detention Center. After a short time in the Detention Center he was transferred to the Patrol Division where he became a P.O.S.T. certified Deputy. Sergeant Lackey quickly became proficient as a patrol Deputy and was tasked as one of the first two DUI Task Force Deputies at the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

Sergeant Lackey was later promoted to Sergeant and eventually transferred to the Warrants/Civil Division where he spent the majority of his career. Sergeant Lackey began on the Warrants side of the division, but eventually transferred over to the Civil side. Sergeant Lackey is considered by his peers to be one of the most knowledgeable Deputies on Civil Process at the Sheriff’s Office.

Throughout his career he has served thousands of Writ of Possessions, Fiera Facias, Subpoenas, and various other civil papers. Sergeant Lackey will be missed by his coworkers and the citizens he encountered every day.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge stated, “Ed is someone that will be difficult to replace. His experience in the Warrants/Civil Division has been vital to the continued success of that division. We are going to deeply miss him; however we wish him the best of luck on his much deserved retirement.”

Sergeant Lackey’s law enforcement career has spanned over 29 years. During his tenure as a law enforcement officer, he has seen many changes in the profession. We want to wish Sergeant Lackey a happy and relaxing retirement. Now he will have plenty of time to enjoy life and spend time with his family.

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Rock throwing teen arrested

02 Jan 2018

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Rock throwing teen arrested

Mackinely Graham PrichardEighteen year old Mackinely Graham Pritchard was arrested in conjunction with three recent incidents of rocks being thrown and damaging cars.  Pritchard, of Dallas, Georgia was arrested on December 28, 2017 and charged with three (3) counts of Terroristic Threats/Acts (F).  While these most recent incidents did not involve injuries, other youths doing similar things in other jurisdictions, have been charged with crimes including assault and murder.

The Sheriff's office has been investigating similar incidents over the past few months where one or more individuals  have thrown rocks, bricks, and other objects at cars while they were traveling on GA SR 61 South (Villa Rica Highway) between Winndale Road and Campground School Road.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted, “This type of senseless lawlessness will not be tolerated in Paulding County. I commend our Deputies and Detectives for their hard work in putting this individual behind bars. Hopefully our citizens can travel down GA SR 61 South with a better sense of security now that Pritchard is in jail.”

Pritchard is being housed in the Paulding County Jail on an $8,450 bond. Although Pritchard has been arrested, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office would still like to encourage anyone who may have any information about this case to come forward.

The cases were sporadic in frequency but the incidents were all in the same corridor of GA SR 61 South.

The break in the case occurred on December 22, 2017, when three more vehicles were struck by objects resulting in damage to each vehicle prompting a call to Paulding E-911 on December 23, 2017 reporting suspicious persons in the area.  Deputies with the Uniform Patrol Division located three suspicious individuals in the area of GA SR 61 South and Mustang Drive that evening.

As a result of that field interview with the three individuals, a suspect was generated. On December 28, 2017 the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office reached out to the public via our Social Media pages requesting assistance in this case. We asked any motorist who was traveling in the area of GA SR 61 South and Mustang Drive on December 23, 2017 between the hours of 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM to give us a call if they saw anything or anyone suspicious.

Various units in the Sheriff's Department cooperated including Criminal Investigations Division, the Juvenile Investigations Division, and the Uniform Patrol Division and a suspect identified.  Deputies were able to secure warrants and make an arrest in the case. 

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Torn diary tips SO to resident's sordid history as child molester

13 Oct 2017

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Torn diary tips SO to resident's sordid history as child molester

(Paulding County, GA) In June of 2017 Detective Sergeant Lenny Carr, of the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Crimes Against Children Unit, met with a complainant who presented whatsprenger.jpg appeared to be a diary created by suspect Timothy Sprenger (W/M, 31 YOA).

Sprenger, who formerly lived in North Dakota, is now a resident of Paulding County, Georgia. After examination of the diary, which had been torn into pieces and taped back together, it appeared that Sprenger had documented multiple incidents of child molestation against children age 6 months to approximately 2 years old.

After further examination of the document, it appeared that these incidents occurred several years ago in North Dakota.

Sergeant Carr was able to identify one of the victims (now age 12) and locate the mother in North Dakota. After verifying that the timeline of the incidents matched up, authorities with the Minot Police Department (North Dakota) were notified.

Detective Krista Cousins identified and located the other victim (now also 12 years old) and the parent who also lives in North Dakota.

Sergeant Carr then interviewed Timothy Sprenger and obtained a full confession of the incidents and also additional acts not listed in the documents. As a result of the interview, Detectives did not obtain any information regarding any incidents possibly occurring in Paulding County or the State of Georgia.

On September 22, 2017 the State of the North Dakota issued criminal warrants including full extradition for one count of Gross Sexual Imposition and one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child.

Sprenger was arrested by the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division on the same date. He also waived any extradition proceedings and on October 5, 2017 he was transported back to North Dakota.

Sprenger has been arraigned and is currently being held on a $1,000,000 bond in the Ward County Jail (North Dakota).


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Sheriff recognizes deputy and EMT for saving a life on GA 101 last July

11 Oct 2017

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Sheriff recognizes deputy and EMT for saving a life on GA 101 last July

(Paulding County, GA) On Tuesday October 10, 2017 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Paulding County Board of Commissioners, Sheriff Gary Gulledge recognized a Deputy and a citizen for their heroic actions which took place after a serious motor vehicle accident in July.

On July 28, 2017 Deputy Chris Stafford and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Hunter Cunningham had never met. The events that unfolded that day would change that fact forever.

Deputy Stafford, who was off duty at the time, was traveling on GA 101 in the area of Bud Cole Road when he saw a traffic jam and what he assumed was a motor vehicle accident. As he got closer to the scene, he realized that there appeared to be a serious accident and a trailer loaded with hay that was on fire.

Deputy Stafford drove on the wrong side of the roadway to get to the scene so he could try and assist. Once he got there, he met EMT Cunningham, also off duty, who was trying to help the injured male motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist had struck the trailer causing the intense fire and was thrown off of the bike onto the adjacent roadway.

While other citizens watched, Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham shielded the motorcyclist from the exploding tires and flames because they could not move him due to what they thought was a serious neck or back injury.

Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham, even though they were being burned by the flames, held a shirt over the face and body of the motorcyclist to keep him from inhaling the smoke and being burnt by the flames.

Once EMS and Fire/Rescue arrived on scene they put the fire out and stabilized the patient so he could be transported to an Atlanta area hospital. Medical professionals later stated that if it were not for the quick action taken by Deputy Stafford and EMT Cunningham, the male motorcyclist likely would have died.

Sheriff Gulledge awarded Deputy Stafford with the Medal of Merit and EMT Cunningham with the Citizens Commendation Award for their bravery and relentless will to serve. The Medal of Merit is the second highest award that can be obtained at the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Gulledge noted, “Men like Chris and Hunter don’t come along everyday, they are heroes and should be recognized as such. I am fortunate that Chris is one of my Deputies and that he is willing to spring into action anytime he is needed. God bless these men and the life that they saved in the face of adversity on that day in July”.

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